Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Regular program length: 4 semester (full-time program)

Credit points (ECTS): 120 credit points

Language of instruction: English and German

Limited capacity:
First semester: yes
Higher semester: yes
Application possible for:
First semester: winter and summer term
Higher semester: winter and summer term
Application deadline:
German and EU nationals
First semester: July 15 for winter term, January 15 for summer term
Higher semester: July 15 for winter term, January 15 for summer term
Non-EU nationals:
First semester: July 15 for winter term, January 15 for summer term
Higher semester: July 15 for winter term, January 15 for summer term

Degree and duration

Regular program length of 2 years leading to a "Master of Science (M.Sc.)" degree; 120 credit points (corresponding to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System - ECTS) must be completed. Individual prorgram length may differ from regular program length.

Program structure

In the interdisciplinary master's degree program in Digital Economics, you will deepen and supplement the academic qualifications you acquired in your bachelor's degree program in the subjects of digital economics, business administration and economics, informatics, mathematics, statistics and econometrics, operations research and social sciences.

In the compulsory area, the degree program, which is now mainly taught in English, is divided into the subjects economics, methods and society with the modules


  • Digital Economics (9 CP)
  • Digital Financial Economics (9 CP)
  • Economics & Management (9 CP)


  • Informatics & Machine Learning (9 CP)
  • Statistics & Econometrics (9 CP)
  • Computation & Optimization (9 CP)


  • Digitalization & Society (9 CP)

In the supplementary compulsory elective area, you set your own focus in terms of content by choosing two elective modules (2x 9 CP) and a seminar module (9 CP) from the subjects of business administration and economics, informatics, operations research, statistics and/or law and sociology.

In the final fourth semester, you will write your master's thesis.

The master's program in Digital Economics opens up career opportunities e.g. as executive in all areas of public administration, in non-governmental organizations, and in all areas of the private sector that are influenced by digitalization. In addition, there is a possibility of working in consulting or in start-ups. Or you can opt for an academic career and start a doctorate as the next step.

  • newly designed interdisciplinary program
  • first university program of its kind in Germany
  • modern and innovative study program at the interface of economics and informatics
  • possibility to individualize your course through extensive elective and specialization options
  • close cooperation with the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Industrial Partner Network for company contacts and internships
  • KIT is member of the university network EUCOR which enables you to participate in courses at the universities Freiburg, Basel, Strasbourg, Colmar and Mulhouse
  • departmental International Relations Office for assistance in planning your stay abroad
  • for prospective doctoral students: Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS)
  • for young start-ups: entrepreneurial support by KIT-Gründerschmiede / KIT Founders Forge
  1. a completed bachelor’s degree or equivalent thereof awarded at a university, university of applied sciences or a university of cooperative education of at least 3 years duration and based on a minimum of 180 ECTS credits points in a study program such as Digital Economics, Industrial Engineering and Management, Information Systems or in another study program relating to economic science, informatics, mathematics or in a study program with essentially the same content as one of the aforementioned programs.
  2. necessary minimum requirements in mathematics and / or statistics of 20 credit points
  3. proof of sufficient knowledge of the English language of at least B2 level, for example one of the following internationally recognized tests:
    • Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of at least 90 points in the internet-based TOEFL Test
    • IELTS with an overall minimum score of at least 6.5 and no section under 5.5
    • University of Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or University of Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
    • UNIcert at least level II
    Proof of English language proficiency by one of the above-mentioned tests is not required for applicants with
    • a university degree from a university with English as the only language of instruction and examination
    • a high school diploma, whereby the foreign language must have been studied for at least five school years leading directly up to graduation with a degree entitling the applicant to university admission. The final or average grade of the last two school years must correspond to at least the German grade 4 or at least 5 points
  4. proof of sufficient knowledge of the German language (DSH2, TestDaF 4x4 or equivalent). For further information, please contact the  International Students Office.

A ranking list will be compiled on basis of a 90 points max rating system among all applicants who meet the admission requirements. Points will be awarded as follows:

  • max. 60 points for the total score of academic achievements
  • max. 30 points for completed academic achievements in mathematics, statistics and or econometrics

Achievements with different names but that are essentially the same coursework and examinations will be considered during the selection procedure, if they are considered equivalent. Any such decision will be made by the admission and selection commission.

Application for the 1st semester

Application for a higher semester

Carmen Reck
Student advisor
Student advisory services (ZSB)

+49 721 608 - 44930Carmen Reck does-not-exist.kit edu


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76131 Karlsruhe



+49 721 608 - 82222


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